Ensuring Food Allergy Sufferers don’t miss out on a balanced Diet

There is currently no cure for food allergies and the only way to keep a sufferer safe is avoiding the allergen (s) therefore a risk exists that food allergic children may be missing out on important nutrients. Recent research found that food allergy children were smaller than other children and those with multiple allergies were smaller than those allergic to one or two foods.

A balanced diet is essential. Discovering what important nutrients may be missing from your child’s diet as a result of the allergy and replacing it with an alternate source is paramount.

For example if the  allergen is milk- which is rich in Protein, Calcium, Riboflavin, Phosphorus, Vitamins A, D, B12 which are essential for bone mineralization and growth, can be replaced with meat, fish, poultry, legumes, eggs  fortified milk substitutes; leafy greens, calcium-fortified foods (use replacements only if safe for child)

Each sufferer is different and discussing your nutritional needs with your allergist is essential.

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